After a few years of event planning being put on hold, the IMID (Idaho Museum of International Diaspora), finally had a chance to hold their first, large scale fundraising Gala. Those in attendance came-together to help raise funds for the soon to be built museum. The museum’s mission is to “Influence Positive Community Transformation” by educating the public about various refugee cultures. Especially those found in Idaho.
“The Idaho Museum of International Diaspora (IMID) was founded in 2018 by Dr. Palina Louangketh [loo-on-gate], a former refugee from Laos”. She has been calling Boise home since 1981. “As a Lao-American, finding a special way to give back to the community that welcomed, and embraced her family, has been a childhood dream”. Her vision for the museum will honor and celebrate diversity found in Idaho and beyond.
Although the Museum has yet to be built, IMID is no longer a dream. It will be a reality very soon. Architects Cushing Terrell along with Idaho State University architecture students have been working on plans for the museum. The design will feature components important to the founder. It will be a space that welcomes diversity, and is safe for all. A physical location for anyone to visit and learn about other cultures.
The Fundraising Gala
The events of the evening included a silent auction, photo booth area, dinner and dancing. Those who attended the event, also got a sneak peek into some of the potential architectural designs.
The photo booth area was a popular attraction. Everyone had to stop by anc check out the authentic Lao bicycle & carriage.
There was also a gallery of quilted wall hangings on display, constructed and designed by local refugees. Each and every quilt was distinctly different, incorporating a glimpse into the makers journey to Idaho.
All in all the evening was a success! If you’d like to learn more or donate to the museum…. make sure to jump on over to their website: https://www.idahomid.org/donate